Valery Ponomarev - A Star for You

Valery Ponomarev - A Star for You
Genre: Jazz
Duration: 53:32
Recording Date: April 3, 1997
Artist: Valery Ponomarev
Album: A Star for You
Release Date: April 3, 1997
Recording Location: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Styles: Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz

Valeri Ponomarev, one of the most underrated trumpeters in jazz, has a style based in the hard bop tradition of Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, yet he keeps an open mind toward newer developments. On this CD, he is teamed with tenor saxophonist Bob Berg (whose soulful post-bop style has long been influenced by Michael Brecker), the little-known but talented Philadelphia-based pianist Sid Simmons, bassist Ken Walker, and drummer Billy Hart. The quintet performs six of the trumpeter's tricky yet swinging originals and a reharmonized rendition of "We'll Be Together Again." Ponomarev's very impressive range (hitting high notes with little difficulty), full sound and inventive ideas clearly inspire his sidemen.

Berg puts plenty of passion into his solos, and Simmons makes one wish that he were recorded more extensively. Easily recommended to modern straight-ahead jazz collectors.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Commanndments from a Higher Authority / Valery PonomarevValery Ponomarev6:07
First Draft / Valery PonomarevValery Ponomarev5:59
Dance Intoxicant / Valery PonomarevValery Ponomarev9:52
A Star for You / Valery PonomarevValery Ponomarev7:16
Uh Oh / Valery PonomarevValery Ponomarev5:55
We'll Be Together Again / Carl Fischer / Frankie LaineValery Ponomarev10:36
Blues Fro Elena / Valery PonomarevValery Ponomarev7:47

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